LAND AND OCEAN OPERATIONS
Office and Workshop
AMS is located at Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA. Greentown Labs is the largest clean technology incubator in the world. It is a few miles from MIT, Northeastern and Harvard universities. Its proximity to these academic and entrepreneurial ecosystems allows it to access a diverse, highly qualified and motivated talent pool. AMS benefits from GTL’s impressive resources to punch above its weight - prototyping assets include CNC mills, CNC lathes, band saws, sand blasters, compressed air, 3D printers, laser cutters, large temperature-controlled test chambers and well equipped electronics and wet labs.
AMS operates the Violet Frances, a 27’ Eastern extended pilot house berthed in Winthrop, MA. The marina serves as the staging area for offshore trials extending to the Gulf of Maine and beyond. AMS conducts missions year-round. Winter in New England is a particularly harsh environment to test the performance of the system and payload in extreme cold and icy conditions.
Ocean trials are undertaken in the challenging waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the Massachusetts coast. The area allows AMS to test its platform in a variety of real-life conditions – busy shipping lanes, rapid depth changes, recreational boating and commercial fishing traffic. The North Atlantic challenges even the sturdiest boats with highly variable sea states and wind regimes. Lobster trap markers and a profusion of sea life including marine mammals complicate navigation. Communication with shore based operations center is achieved via cellular or satellite networks. The winter months present short days, extreme cold and Nor’easters which test the operating limits of the platform.